ArcelorMittal – 10+ Years of Sustainable Campus Commitment

ArcelorMittal is a steel company committed to creating sustainable products. Their partnership with Michigan Technological University continues to produce the next generation of employees. For over 10 years, ArcelorMittal has invested in student organizations, student projects, educational outreach, and professional development have helped current students prepare for their careers.

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ArcelorMittal has been a long-standing industry partner of Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program. This partnership began in 2008 when ArcelorMittal sponsored and mentored their first Enterprise project with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). This was an open-ended project whereby AME students were challenged to identify possible solutions to sequestration of CO2 in the steelmaking process. This multi-year project yielded innovative approaches that ArcelorMittal admitted they would not have developed on their own. Ten years and several projects later, ArcelorMittal remains highly involved in Enterprise. The program’s ability to help ArcelorMittal identify, track and recruit some the best and brightest students to the steel industry is a primary reason for their continued involvement.

For 2017, ArcelorMittal is engaging with two different Enterprise teams on three student projects. Highlighting opportunities in steel production for electrical engineering students, a team of students from the Blue Marble Security Enterprise is continuing work on a system that optically verifies the length and width of a cast steel slab. The real world project, mentored by an industry professional at ArcelorMittal, provides the students with real insight into what a career in the steel industry could entail.36746734564_b7eb938e20_o

The other two projects supported by ArcelorMittal for 2017 are in the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise. One project focuses on the growth of nodules that affect the quality of the steel slabs. The current Enterprise student team is further exploring the interactions of ceramic coatings on the production equipment and nodule formation on the steel based on the work of previous Enterprise student teams. Working closely with the industry mentors, the team has determined ways to duplicate the steel environment on a lab scale within Michigan which allows the team a truly hands-on experience. The second project has a student team building a delayed fracture test fixture for a high strength automotive grade steel. Working with the ArcelorMittal mentor, the team has to consider multiple constraints including exposure to an acid accelerated hydrogen test environment. The test fixture designed by this student team could aid in future material evaluate at ArcelorMittal while showcasing the real-world challenges faced by Engineers in the steel industry.

As another method of engagement with the Michigan Tech student body, in 2012 ArcelorMittal provided funding to establish the Steel Warehouse Program. This program offers funding for steel purchases (up to $500) made by Senior Design or Enterprise teams. Since its’ inception, the Steel Warehouse has provided steel to more than 30 student teams for use on their projects. As an attempt to include a realistic purchasing and documentation experience, teams are required to gather quotes from multiple steel vendors to attain approval for use of Steel Warehouse funds. The approval process has resulted in students teams saving over $6,000 on material costs. ArcelorMittal has recognized the success of the program and recently provided three additional years of funding for the Steel Warehouse.

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ArcelorMittal continues to sponsor Michigan Tech’s Career Center at the Silver Level. Through their generous support, along with the other partner’s, Career Services is able to provide students with innovative career readiness programming, technical platforms (Brazen, Xello, People Grove) and coaching. Significant levels of support include:

  • Through their Career Services campus spending account, ArcelorMittal provided financial support to national “Make A Difference Day,” a community-based event which celebrates neighbors helping neighbors. Last year, 56 student organizations (497 students) served 57 community service sites.
  • Members of the ArcelorMittal team participated in the Resume Blitz events. Through the combined efforts of all corporate volunteers, 348 resumes were reviewed, in two-four hour sessions in advance of the fall recruiting fair.
  • The ArcelorMittal team sponsored and participated in both the Automotive and Steel Industry Days. These highly interactive events introduced students to potential career pathways within these industries. The events were attended by a total of 800 students.

Recreation
Michigan Tech Athletics and ArcelorMittal have teamed up for the past 5 seasons to sponsor the 7th man promotion. This promotion is a week-long event which starts with Drivetime radio show, midweek live remote somewhere on campus, and then ends with the first game of the season when we hand out 1000 Seventh Man T-shirts to the first 1000 fans who enter the arena.

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Education
Because business is constantly changing, academics must maintain a focus on keeping curriculum relevant. ArcelorMittal employees volunteer their time to participate on academic advisory boards on campus to provide valuable feedback to the University in shaping topics and methods of teaching for future students. Currently, representatives participate on the boards of the College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Material Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs.